Southeastern hosts CCSU to open homestand

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Strawberry Stadium

Southeastern (0-2) vs. Central Connecticut State (0-2)
Sept. 17, 2022 | 6 p.m. | Strawberry Stadium | Hammond, La.
Series History: SLU leads 1-0
Last Meeting: Southeastern 56, Central Connecticut State 10 (Sept. 18, 2021 | New Britain, Conn.)
Television: ESPN+ (Announcers: Chase Gispert, Lonn Ellzey and Makenzie Fletcher)
Radio: Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM, The Boss 103.7 FM/1400 AM (Announcers: Mark Willoughby, Harris Beall, Allen Waddell and Robbie Rhodes)

HAMMOND, La. – The Southeastern Louisiana University football team will open a four-game homestand Saturday, hosting Central Connecticut State for a 6 p.m. contest at Strawberry Stadium.

The game between the Lions (0-2) and visiting Blue Devils (0-2) will be televised on ESPN+ and can be heard live on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network (Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM, The Boss 103.7 FM/1400 AM).

Southeastern will be trying to bounce back from a 42-9 loss at FAU. In its second straight game versus a FBS opponent to start the season, SLU was outgained, 631-246.

Anthony Britton Jr. led the Lions with 12 tackles in Saturday’s loss, while Herman Christophe and Garrett Crawford both intercepted passes.

Britton Jr. leads the Southeastern defense with 18 tackles, followed by Christophe (17) and Jack Henderson (13). Henderson paces the Lions with two tackles for loss.

Cephus Johnson III (27-for-47, 235 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT) and Eli Sawyer (12-for-20, 116 yards, 1 TD, O INT) have split time under center. CJ Turner leads Southeastern with five catches for 80 yards, while Carlos Washington Jr. has a team-high 90 rushing yards and a score.

Austin Dunlap has been the standout on special teams in the early going of the 2022 season. Dunlap is second nationally with a 47.1 punting average.

Central Connecticut State comes to Hammond looking for its first win of 2022. The Blue Devils opened the season with a 28-3 loss at UConn, then dropped a 14-10 decision to Sacred Heart in their conference opener.

Romelo Williams has led the CCSU offense, completing 31-of-54 passes for 272 yards and three interceptions. Kyren Petteway (eight catches, 72 yards) has been Williams’ top target, while Nasir Smith leads the team with 113 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries.

Artest Banks and Chizurum Umunakwe share team-high honors with 21 tackles apiece for CCSU. Jahlil Brown follows with 16 stops and a team-high two fumble recoveries.

Saturday will close out a home-and-home between Southeastern and Central Connecticut State. Last season in New Britain, SLU picked up a 56-10 victory over the Blue Devils.

Following this week’s action, the Lions will host UIW next Saturday at 6 p.m. to open Southland Conference play. The game will be televised on ESPN+ and can be heard on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network (Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM, The Boss 103.7 FM/1400 AM).

TICKETS
For ticket information, contact the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466 or visit www.LionSports.net. Southeastern will continue offering mobile ticketing as the primary source for securing tickets for the 2022-23 season. All tickets will be available via e-mail or text message in a PDF format for fans to download on their phone or print at home. Tickets can also be downloaded to Apple Wallet.

SOCIAL MEDIA
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